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Miss Scarlet's School of Patternless Sewing (Crafty Chica Novels) Paperback – March 8, 2011
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"Kathy Cano-Murillo is an amazing storyteller--her narrative is as bejeweled as her crafty creations!"―Alberto Ferreras, author of B as in Beauty on WAKING UP IN THE LAND OF GLITTER
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More About the Author
Kathy has been a writer longer than she has been a crafter, inspired in grade school by Erma Bombeck and Judy Blume. As an adult, Kathy went on to have a 13-year newspaper career at The Arizona Republic as an entertainment reporter, all while running her award-winning web site, CraftyChica.com. She has authored seven books including Crafty Chica's Art de la Soul and Crafty Chica's Guide to Artful Sewing.
In 2004, Kathy pursued her dream of writing a novel and finished her first draft for National Novel Writing Month. She wrote from 10 pm-2 am every night while her family slept, a tradition she still carries on to this day. Her manuscript sold in 2007 in a three-way bidding war to Grand Central Publishing.
Kathy's debut novel, Waking Up in the Land of Glitter released in March 2010 and her second, Miss Scarlet's School of Patternless Sewing in March 2011. She is currently writing her third book.
Kathy designs her own Crafty Chica product line through iLoveToCreate, a Duncan Enterprises Company, and she is also the Crafts Editor for BlogHer.com
Kathy's mission with her novels is to share stories about contemporary Latinas living and working in the creative arts. She lives in Phoenix, AZ, with her husband, two kids and five Chihuahuas. Her motto for life is "Crafts, drama and glitter".
Top Customer Reviews
This is where the story really begins. Scarlet opens an after-hours sewing school in a local record shop to raise her funds. Here we are introduced to Maria Theresa, a extremely uptight, rigid, "follow the rules" mother of twins who signs up for the class as a suggestion from her marriage counselor. Then there is Rosa, an older women who seems to have a mysterious past. Mixed in with this group is Marco, the record store owner and several other class participants. Scarlet must ultimately decide whether she must pursue her dream and possibly lose herself in the process
I LOVED this book. There was a bit of romance, even some humor. Mostly thought it was about honoring friendships and family and finding ones inner strength and power. The writing was flawless in my opinion. I loved Scarlet's quirky character. She bubbled with enthusiasm, but was shown to have her limits just like everyone. I found myself enjoying all the female characters in this book. An uplifting story with strong female characters. You don't have to be into crafts to enjoy this story either.
This book even comes with 3 original project ideas and crafting tips at the end. I only wish their was a sketch include in that section showing up an idea of what Scarlet's famous Mexibilly frock looks like!
I am going to add this author's first book, Waking Up in the Land of Glitter to my to read list right now. One of the better books I have read this year!
It is not easy for Scarlet to always celebrate victories when her family is trying to move her onto another career path; her boss is a single-minded fashion diva not looking to mentor but mock Scarlet's ideas; and she is short on the money she needs to get into an exclusive design school in New York. But Scarlet moves past the difficulties and opens up a sewing class to raise the money and keep her dreams flourishing. Having lost her first location her second option proves to be even better, even if it is a record store add-on but the owner is one cute distraction. Scarlet doesn't care where she sews she just needs to sew, design and work at teaching others how to tap into their inner skills. Scarlet has the will power to make this happen and the students who want to learn how to create masterpieces using Scarlet's idea of sewing without a pattern.Read more ›
As a teacher, I was drawn in by the characters and what would happen next to them. I could really identify with the main character, Scarlet, who has a dream that is really different than what her family wants for her. Is she strong enough to go for her dreams or give in to her family's expectations? Scarlet finally sees her dreams within her grasp and teaching an after-hours sewing class is a way of getting there.
The individual stories and richness of each character is what kept me reading to find out what would happen next. What I really enjoyed about this book was that the characters in this book were real with problems and issues that any of us could have yet I felt that dreams could still come true if I believed and worked hard enough.
As someone who sews and creates mixed media art, I loved the sewing and craft references. I liked the "how-tos" at the end of the book.
As an avid reader, I liked how there is a Q&A section with the author, book group guide, and Spanish glossary. Bonus!
Hint: Pay particular attention to prologue. I really liked how you tied everything together. Very nicely done. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, so I won't say anything else. This is a definite good read!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought this was a great book. It's an easy read and it's even easier to fall deep in the story. This is the first book I read by this author and I plan to check out other books... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
This was an absolutely delightful story! I loved it and would recommend it to anyone who is creative and loves fashion!Published 3 months ago by Karen Edgecombe
I wasn't expecting to much but was going to enjoy the sewing theme and I did ! There was a little mystery woven in very enjoyable diversion good beach read!Published 4 months ago by Lisa M. Gardiner
Scarlet is an aspiring fashion designer who has given up her career as an engineer to pursue her passion. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Michelle Boytim
I loved this book--it made me laugh, made me cry, and most importantly, I couldn't put it down! I loved the themes of friendship and loyalty throughout the book, and I found it... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Elizabeth M.
This was the best book I have read in a long time. Kathy is a friend of mine and we used to work together and she is just such a blast and such a wonderful person that it is no... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Sue
Wonderful WONDERFUL READ!! This book made me feel like I was one of them. I hop there is a Part 2.Published on October 17, 2013 by Yellow Rose